Tourism boom in Tripura soon

From Our Correspondent

 AGARTALA: Tripura is all set to boost its tourism related infrastructure after the approval of two mega projects under Mega Destination Development Programme.

The capital city of Tripura- Agartala will have a golf course to attract more tourist inflow in the state. The proposed golf course at Assam Rifles premises will be unique one because it has been included in the Mega Destination Development Programme.

The project includes setting up a modern golf course, introduction of light & sound at Ujjanyata Palace, creation of tourism related infrastructures at Akhaura Check Post, development of two lakes at Ujjayanta Palace, heart of the city.

The Chandigarh College of Architecture has been asked to prepare DPR to execute the Agartala Mega Destination Project at an estimated cost of Rs. 50 crore, said KR Chakma, Managing Director of Tripura Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) here on Friday.

Besides, the Tourism Ministry has also approved another Mega Destination Project for Udaipur and Tripureswari Temple in South Tripura district. “All the water bodies at Uadaipur town and Matabari will be developed”, he said.

Chakma, however, lamented the fate of Unakoti, one of the most important and attractive tourist destinations for its exemplary work of art and culture in ancient times.

“The Ministry of Tourism has allocated Rs. 1.41 crore for development of the Unakoti during 2009-10 financial year but could not use yet due to legal complication”, he pointed out.

As per the provision, consent of Archeological Survey of India (ASI) is must for undertaking any work at Unakoti.

“We have sought permission from the ASI about four months ago but could not receive any communiqué from their end”, he said.

Chakma made it clear that the development works could be kicked off after consent of the ASI.

It may be noted that the Ministry of Tourism had asked the TTDC to execute all the pending projects by end of March 2011.

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